Creative Fuel

No knead

I made a couple more loaves of no-knead bread this weekend to take to Easter dinners. There is something about the smell of bread baking (especially these loaves; I added rosemary and parmesan cheese) that makes me ravenous. I wanted to pull them out of the oven, pour myself a big glass of milk, and eat the whole thing. Thankfully, I did not.

Earthy african fabric jewelry wrap
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Instead, I sewed. I have a bunch of CAOK gifts I’m behind schedule in sending. Two African fabric jewelry wraps are being mailed out today. Thankfully Stephanie is helping me sort out the tunic mess. Fingers crossed that project will be back on track by the end of the week.

Also, I hope to be back on track soon too. I’m going through a rough patch professionally that has me uncharacteristically blue, cranky and anxious. Ultimately, I need to find a new job and I may not be able to go back to Africa this summer as I’d planned. I am not just bummed out, I’m heartbroken. I can’t discuss the details, but I am so thankful for my faith. I know that from challenge comes greatness. I’m just not sure what that is quite yet and in the in between uncertainty is eating my happiness for breakfast.

Thanks for your well wishes.


27 Replies to “Creative Fuel”

  1. In re: to the bread making you “ravenous” – just further proof that bread, may in fact, be addictive. Something to ponder on this beautiful Monday!

  2. Aww, honey..that really stinks about the work stuff..if it had been me I probably would have eaten the whole loaf of bread..But things’ll work out; I’ll pray for you!

  3. Oy. Sounds like you have a great outlook—greatness does lie ahead. I carry in my wallet a card from a friend that says “Don’t worry what the future holds. God is already there.” Love the idea that God at least knows what is ahead and is preparing great opportunities for you.

    Take good care of yourself during this time of transition!

  4. Sorry about the job front…if anyone deserves good karma, it’s you! But I believe that there is a reason for everything, so just keep your positive outlook and think that there must be something even better down the road for you. In the meantime, know that you bring lots of joy to those of us out there in cyberland. πŸ™‚

  5. I hope things work out in your favor, Kelli. Keep the faith!

    The bread looks yummy. I’ve been in a bread-making mood lately.

  6. I hope something positive turns your way. You deserve it, sorry you are heartbroken right now. Bread looks yummy though.

  7. Wow, I’m really sorry to hear that. : ( (No wonder you wanted to eat all the bread!) I’m sure whatever is ahead is for the best, but change can really be hard — especially when it’s not change we were looking for.

    Isaiah 40:31

  8. Kelli–Sorry about the job woes. I know that you will triumph in the end. Remember that change is never easy, but always inevitable. Best wishes! —SAS

  9. Girl that bread would NEVER make it to the party/dinner. I’d be sitting with a glass of tea thinking of a “wha had happened was…” story. lol

    Hope everything works itself out in your favor πŸ™‚

  10. By chance will you send me your bread recipe? I have issue with this no knead being flavorless…

    oh the personal front : Ive been reading your blog for a looonnnggg time and with your upbeat nature and karma, i have no doubts something even greater is on the horizon for you.

  11. Regarding your professional life: Easter, Spring, nature, and I all conspire to assure you that yes – new life comes from death, no matter how hopeless it may seem. May this next path be even lovelier and more beautiful and more opportune than the one before. Meanwhile, I’m with you through the heartbreak, and the anxiety and crankiness. Be well!

    (And if all else fails, eat the whole stinkin’ loaf, have a glass of wine, a good cry, then go out for a run. We’ll be here when you get back.)

  12. So very sorry to hear about things on the job front. I can only hope you find something that allows for even more opportunities in the country you love so much.

  13. {{Hugs}} to you. Sorry you’re in a rough patch right now. But, maybe this is an opportunity that will lead you to the job of your dreams, you know?

    Your bread looks oh sooo good. I may have to give this one a shot this weekend.

  14. Feel better soon! Report back, eh? I hate those horrible rough patches but you’re right, they’re necessary. =( Keep exercising or stay active, that always helps.

  15. That bread looks wonderful! I’m going to have to give the no-knead recipe a try.

    I’m sorry to hear you’re heartbroken. Keep your chin up and take care of yourself. It’ll all work out. πŸ™‚

  16. I know how much you love your job and the opportunities it brings in your life. So I’m feeling really sad for you now. But I’m sure nothing happens without a reason, so maybe this is for the better. Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

  17. I’m so sorry to hear that, Kelli, but I am certain you’ll find your way.
    Keeping my fingers crossed it’ll be soon!

  18. What beautiful bread and I love the idea of adding rosemary and cheese to the ingredients. Your CAOK gift is wonderful and such a loving thing to do.

    I’m so sorry about the rough patch you’re experiencing. Life has a way of throwing these challenges at us when we least expect them. How great that you can count on your strength of faith to help you through this time and I know that whatever you decide to do will be well considered and something that feels right to you. I’ll keep positive thoughts about Africa and I have an idea to share with you in the event that you return there.

  19. I’m so sorry to hear that you are having to deal with a stressful situation, which may prevent you from getting back to Africa this summer. I’ll be keeping you in my prayers and hoping that eveything works out even better than you could imagine.

  20. Late as always… so sorry to hear about the difficult time you’re having. I know everything will work out for the best. On another note: you REALLY know how to work that African fabric! you put me to shame.

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